Plumbing issues can be a headache, especially if they are not fixed quickly, which can lead to additional problems down the road. If you prefer to handle basic plumbing issues yourself, here are a few tips you should keep in mind.
Tools You Will Need
When getting started on fixing your plumbing issue, here are some tools you may need to have on hand.
- Stainless steel hose clamps are essential when it comes to attaching a hose line onto a valve. There are many different hose clamp sizes on the market, so that no matter what you can get the secure fit that you need. A reliable clip can make a huge difference when it comes to attaching lines without leaking or future leaking. Heavy duty hose clamps will last you for a long time, so you can have peace of mind that the solution isn’t a temporary one. Additionally, make sure to know the hose clamp sizes you need before you begin the project, so that the fit is as secure as possible.
- A basin wrench and pipe wrench will serve you well on most projects and repairs. A basin wrench works for tightening and loosening nuts holding plumbing into place. It is able to reach even difficult tight spaces, while a pipe wrench can be used to loosen pipes and fittings. Keep in mind that the serrated jaws of the wrench can cause wear on the pipes that can cause damage overtime. Covering them with cloth before use can help prevent this.
- Another tool to keep on hand is a hand auger, also known as a plumbing snake. This is a hand cranked clog clearing utility, and can be used in sinks and toilets when the clog can’t be cleared by plunging.
- The difference between PVC and CPVC pipes. CPVC are the standard used in lines that transport hot water, and PVC is used for cold water lines. These two also use different measurement standards. PVC is measured correctly via the inside diameter, and CPVC is measured by the outside.
- If you are attempting to fix a clogged sink, check the P trap before you begin anything else. This removable pipe is likely the source of the clog, and once cleaned your problem will be solved.
- For a leaky faucet, check to see if the aerator is worn out, though you may just need a new rubber seal. Check the seal, and if it looks okay, check the aerator. While the seal is a quicker fix, both can be handled DIY and won’t take more than 15 or so minutes.
Now that you know the hose clamp sizes and importance of correct wrenches, here are some tips to keep in mind.
These are just the basic starter tips for fixing common plumbing issues. Knowing the hose clamp sizes, and having wrenches handy will serve as the basis for most plumbing fixes. Don’t be afraid to attempt basic repairs yourself, even if you have little or no experience. These issues are easier than you think when it comes to repairs, and with a little elbow grease you can have your systems working in no time.